Do you have a a fitness goal in mind that you wish you could work towards and accomplish? Perhaps self doubt is getting in the way and holding you back. You want to step out and do something but not sure what or how. In this post I’m going to share with you my desire to complete a half marathon along with my uncertainties in the hopes of inspiring you to create your own fitness goal and teach you how to get rid of insecurities and go for it. Whether it is simply exercising for 10 minutes a day or completing an Ironman, you are capable of achieving your fitness goal.
As moms we get busy taking care of everyone else we may not even think of having a health and wellness aspiration. There are seasons throughout our motherhood that doesn’t allow us to work towards something other than getting 6 hours of sleep. Hey I’ve been there, the first time I slept 6 hours straight felt like a million bucks! I think it finally happened when my oldest turned 10. Uh wait, he’s only 7. I digress.
Fitness Goals: Half Marathon Training
I finally find myself at a point where I can think about doing something for myself. I’m done having babies, I’m not nursing, my kids are getting more independent. I’m also turning 40 this fall. Gotta do something to celebrate these milestones right? How about run a half marathon. Sure why not?
So here I am on this Get Moving Monday sharing my fitness goal: running a half marathon. Anyone want to join me?
Crickets….(I don’t blame you.)
My run is in 13 weeks. I’m set to begin a 12 week training regimen next week so I thought it was only appropriate to announce to the world my fitness goal and intentions. Once you say it there are no take backs. I also thought it would be fun to journal my experience as I train. Honestly if you’d like to join me in your neck of the woods you’re more than welcome. There are virtual running buddies, we can be accountable and cheer each other on.
Insecurities on Training for a Half Marathon
The minute I registered for my half, or mini, I felt like this:
Ok, honestly it was more like this:
This is not my first half marathon, I’ve done 2 prior. But it’s been 9 years. The last time I ran 13.1 miles was the summer before I got pregnant with my oldest. I was a green 31 year old. Kids take a beating on you. Now I’m looking at 40. Maybe I’m psyching myself out, but I think it’s good to acknowledge my self doubt about this whole thing even when I strangely want to do this.
Do you ever let insecurities talk your way out of doing something you really want to do? I say push it aside and trudge on.
How Am I Going To Train With 3 Kids And A House And A…
Excuses. Or maybe not excuses just reality. Let’s face it. Moms have a lot on their plate. Hat’s off to those who can run half marathons and change diapers, and work, and take kids to the park. I hope I can do that. But how do I do that?
I expressed to my husband how much I want to run and that I will need to carve out time, especially as I up my mileage. Thankfully he’s on board and is willing to take the kids while I’m gone.
Then there’s that little voice, what if my toddler is up all night the day before I have to run 10 miles. What if the house is a pig sty and company is coming over later? What if my son really wants to do something with me but I really need to get a run in? Put off my training for another day? Disappoint my family. Oh, I loathe guilt.
Back to the hubby, express my concerns, he takes over for the hour while I’m gone. The kids will be fine, the house will stand, in other words let it go.
Celebrate Turning Over The Hill With Running Hills
Looking back I remembered my other 2 half marathons and I really liked the experience. I would dread my long runs, but honestly felt great upon completion. Yes they were tiring and sometimes painful but coming out on the other side I felt strong and accomplished.
Since I last crossed the finish line 9 years ago I put my body through a lot of physical exertion. I carried and birthed 4 babies. My first delivery left me with 3rd degree tears. Ouch. My 3rd pregnancy was difficult requiring me to go on bed rest. (You can read the story on that here.) But I recovered.
I moved our household 3 times. Talk about a lot of boxes and furniture. But I recovered.
I injured my back (thanks to working too hard during a move) which resulted me in taking time off from all activity and had to go to physical therapy for a whole summer. But I recovered.
I had a root canal. But I recovered.
I recovered from all of these and have lived to tell about it. If I survived these grueling events surely I can run a marathon divided in half. Perhaps I want to run this distance not only to celebrate turning 40 but to celebrate all I’ve achieved since my last race of this magnitude.
How To Get Rid of Insecurities and Go For It
If you’ve noticed some themes in everything up to this point you may have noticed a lot of self-doubt, insecurities, and mind wanderings to all of the things that I need to do. These are the things that can get in the way of making a fitness goal for oneself and going for it. Yes there are situations where it’s not possible to have a goal. That’s okay. When that is not going on however, and you really want to try to do something I say plow through the negative self talk and go for it.
Easier said than done I know. Here are some things to consider when you’re wanting to do or try working towards an accomplishment:
- Does the fitness goal in mind excite you even if it sounds difficult. In other words at the end of the day do you still want to do it?
- Are you at a place in your life where it can be possible to work on your ambition?
If you answered yes here are some points to think about to make that possibility a reality
- Share your fitness goal with someone. Your spouse, best friend, sibling, parent. Let them help you and encourage you.
- Delegate tasks to other people to relieve yourself of some responsibilities in your absence. Find a baby-sitter, make a honey-do list, or plan ahead to get things done so your regular tasks aren’t piling up while you’re working on your goal.
- If you’re feeling defeated like it’s not worth trying or having a fear of failure, look back on the things you have accomplished. Let that encourage you that you are more than capable. If you have kids and they are surviving under your care that’s an accomplishment in and of itself!
- Pray!! Ask God for strength, time, wisdom, and help. Whatever it is you need bring it to the Lord in prayer. Honestly it’s amazing to see God work in the little things.
I look forward to sharing more of my journey with training for this half. Again I invite you to join me. If you got no time for me because you’re busy training for a full marathon, by all means do that! But you don’t have to do either of those. Find something that excites you and feels doable for you. Sometimes coming up with the goal is the hardest step, but it’s the one that gets you going.
So get rid of those insecurities and go for it! You can do it mama. I’d love to hear what your goals are and stay tuned for my half marathon training updates.